Fall 2012University Updates

Fall 2012: School of Psychological Sciences, Social Sciences, Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellows, Writing Lab

School of Psychological Sciences: Serving youth, families, community

David L Downing offered a number of presentations and symposia over the past several months. He attended meetings of the American Psychological Association’s Council of Representatives and at the August annual convention of the APA in his capacity as one of the council representatives of the Division of Psychoanalysis. Downing organized and chaired a panel of original theoretical papers for the spring meeting of the Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association in Santa Fe, titled, “A Different Focus: Creative Applications of Psychoanalysis to the Work of the Psychoanalytically Oriented Instructor, Administrator, and Clinical Training Director.” Downing also moderated discussion and presented his paper “Normotic Elements in Professional Discourse & Practice: Implications for Professional Identity Development.”

Downing chaired the Section V panel, “A Roundtable on the Contemporary Context of Clinical Practice.” He is the president of Section V and is president-elect of the American Board & Academy of Psychoanalysis in Psychology. In August Downing organized and chaired a panel consisting of original theoretical papers on applied psychoanalysis written by students for the annual convention of the American Psychological Association. The papers in the presentation are “Bending Gender & Metal: An Analysis of Colette Phair’s Nightmare in Silicon,” by Kori Bennett ’11; “Transcending the Body Through Dance: An Analysis of the Unconscious in Movement,” by Kristen H Cole ’11; and “‘All the Long-Gone Darlings’: Using Confessional Poetry as a Lens to View the Western-Cultural Symbolical Formations of the Female Body,” by Emily Boshkoff Johnson ’11 (also the winner of the Section V student essay contest for a theoretical-applied psychoanalytical cultural paper).

In January John McIlvried presented “Putting the Pieces Together: Connecting Mission, Goals, Objectives, Competencies, and Curriculum” at the annual midwinter conference of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology in New Orleans.

In August Nicole M. Taylor co-authored six presentations with her students at the American Psychological Associations Annual conference held in Orlando, Fla. She also co-wrote two book chapters for Abnormal Psychology through the Ages with students Emily Johnson ’11 and Maura Rouse.

Jacqueline Wall collaborated with Steven Koch to prepare commissioned reports for IARCCA (An Association of Children & Family Services) on its Outcome Measures Project. They are designed to report results from data collection during 2012 and establish benchmark outcomes for Indiana agencies that serve youth and their families. This represents the fourteenth year that Wall has served as a consultant to the project. UIndy students have used data from this project for their dissertations and independent research, other faculty members have participated in research efforts using this data, and two doctoral students are working on a separate grant-funded project through this collaboration.

Wall and Joseph Hansel completed an outcome evaluation for Allen County Community Corrections, investigating outcomes of seven community-based programs offered to offenders. Wall was a lead or co-author with David G. Wall on three invited film reviews for publication in PsycCRITIQUES. She reviewed War Horse, Iron Lady, and Beasts of the Southern Wild, which is under review.

In August Wall participated in a workshop at the Commission on Accreditation national meeting to present on the uses of outcomes data for benchmarking in a quality improvement plan. Wall was asked to present at the Brain Injury Association of Indiana’s Education Conference with doctoral student Meredith Tumilty ’12. They presented on recent research in return-to-work programs designed to help those who have sustained traumatic brain injury.

In August Wall sponsored student poster submissions at the American Psychological Association convention. Student Michelle Leslie ’09 was awarded a travel grant from the Science Directorate of the APA. Another student, Jay Hamm, was recognized by a division of the APA as Outstanding Student Member. Wall was inaugurated as president of the Psychologists in Public Service division of the American Psychological Association. She continues to sit on the editorial board of Psychological Services, is co-chair of the Continuing Education Committee for the Society of Industrial-Organizational Psychologists, and is a research committee member for the Foster Family Treatment Association.

Social Sciences: Give peace a chance

In March Timothy Maher and Jim Pennell, along with two colleagues at other universities, published “Civic Engagement and Public Sociology: Two ‘Movements’ in Search of a Mission” in the Journal of Applied Social Science. In January Pennell published the book chapter “Learning from Lennon: Using Songs and Stardom to Promote Peace and Social Justice” in The Art of Social Critique: Painting Mirrors of Social Life by Lexington Books.

Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellows: Understanding the teenager

Deb Sachs presented two sessions, “The Adolescent Brain: What’s Going On In There?” and “Brain Research and Its Implications for Teaching and Learning” at a national meeting of the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellows.

Writing Lab: Tutor talk

At the East Central Writing Centers Association conference an the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in March, Jeff Russ ’06 presented “When ‘How Can I Help You?’ Doesn’t Cut It: New Ways of Conducting Tutoring Sessions.” Richard Marshall presented “Can Undergraduate Tutors Meet the Needs of Graduate Student Writers?” Dawn Marie Hershberger ’92 ’98 presented “If You Could Keep Tutors Forever, Would You? Should You? A Discussion of ‘Lifers’ in the Writing Center.” Student tutor Kenneth Albee ’12 presented “Can We Just Change the Topic, Please?”

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